2020 Fall Leaf Collection Information

As the temperatures cool, and the trees start to show their vibrant colors, residents and landscaping companies are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets until the week of October 26. City staff will make one sweep through the entire City during pick up weeks. Therefore, leaves should be raked into low piles before Monday of pick up weeks and not cover catch basins.

On High and Pickard Streets, where high traffic volume prohibits leaves in the gutter; residents and landscaping companies should rake the leaves onto the rights-of-way, between the curb and sidewalk. Those who live on streets other than High and Pickard must place their leaves in the street. If you live on a boulevard, do not place leaves in the median, place them in front of your home.

Yard waste bags should not be used; this collection is for leaves only. Leaf piles must not contain garden or shrubbery clippings, dead grass, branches, trim board or other material.

Residents who wish to rake their yards ahead of the City’s collection schedule may bag and dispose of the leaves for a fee at the Material Recovery Facility, located at 4208 E. River Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Leaves may also be mulched with a mulching lawnmower.

The City’s 2020 leaf collection schedule is as follows:

Week of November 2: Staff will collect leaves in a City-wide sweep.

Week of November 16: Staff will collect leaves in a City-wide sweep.

November 30: Final collection of leaves in a City-wide sweep.

Any leaves left in the street after the crews have made their final pass will not be collected and are the responsibility of the homeowner.

Questions may be directed to the Division of Public Works, 989-779-5401.

2019 Fall Leaf Collection and Sidewalk Snow Plowing Information. – UPDATED 11/26/19

11/26/19 UPDATE: 

A third leaf collection will take place throughout the City beginning Tuesday, December 3, 2019. All leaves must be placed out on the street by Monday, December 2, 2019 to be picked up during this final collection. Please do not place any additional leaves out on the street after December 2.

Any remaining leaves left after the December 3 pickup may be bagged and disposed, for a fee, at the Material Recovery Facility located at 4208 E. River Road, Mt. Pleasant. Leaves left out in the street after the December 3 collection will be the responsibility of the property owner and may be subject to code enforcement.

This year’s leaf collection schedule was impacted by October and November snowfalls leaving a considerable amount of snow and ice. Due to this snow accumulation and frigid temperatures, the wet leaves froze making it challenging for both residents to rake, and street crews to pick up the piles of leaves.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we maneuver through this weather challenged Fall that has forced periodic adjustments to our leaf collection schedule. As previously announced, a Spring leaf collection will be scheduled at a later date.

Thank you again for your understanding during this collection process and please share this information with your neighbors.

If you have questions you may contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

11/18/19 UPDATE:  

Leaf Collection and Sidewalk Snowplowing Update

When Fall and Winter collide we, as a community, are faced with the challenge of collecting leaves while also clearing the streets and sidewalks of snow. Below is an update on the leaf collection schedule, as well as sidewalk snow plowing.

Leaf Collection

Leaf collection will take place throughout the City during the week of November 18.

Due to the winter weather conditions, the leaf collection originally scheduled for November 25-27 has been cancelled. A Spring collection will be announced at a later date.

Please do not place any additional leaves out on the street. Leaves left out in the street will be the responsibility of the homeowner and subject to code enforcement.

Remaining leaves may be bagged and disposed, for a fee, at the Material Recovery Facility located at 4208 E. River Road, Mt. Pleasant.

Sidewalk Snow Plowing Update

We realize improvements to our sidewalk snowplowing process are necessary. As many of you are aware, sod was damaged by City staff during the recent clearing of some residential sidewalks, this was primarily due to new equipment being used. Adjustments to the new plow blades are being completed to rectify this problem. In the Spring, City staff will repair the damage caused by the sidewalk plow by putting down new black dirt and grass seed.

We understand the frustration and appreciate your patience as we make adjustments to our equipment and the snow clearing process.  If you have questions you may contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Final citywide leaf collection scheduled for Monday, Nov. 27

City Street Department crews will begin the final collection of leaves on Monday, Nov. 27. Please rake leaves into the street before 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, as only one sweep will be made through the City.

Leaves left in the street after crews have made their final pass will not be collected and are the responsibility of the homeowner.

Please rake leaves in low piles into the gutter and avoid covering catch basins. To prevent causing a traffic obstruction, do not place the leaf piles too far out into the street. On High and Pickard streets – where traffic prohibits leaves in the gutter – leaves may be piled on the rights-of-way between the curb and sidewalk.

In uncurbed areas, leaves should be raked into the streets along the street shoulders. Yard waste bags cannot be used.

Questions? Contact DPW at (989) 779-5401.

City announces leaf collection schedule

Beginning the week of Oct. 23, residents who live within City limits may begin raking their leaves into low piles in the street for the City to collect the following week in a citywide sweep. The full leaf collection schedule is as follows:

  • Week of Oct. 23: Rake leaves into low piles
  • Week of Oct. 30: Leaf collection week
  • Week of Nov. 6: Rake leaves into low piles
  • Week of Nov. 13: Leaf collection week
  • Week of Nov. 20: Rake leaves into low piles
  • Week of Nov. 27: Final leaf collection week. (Leaves left in the street after crews have made their final sweep will not be collected and are the responsibility of the homeowner.)

Please rake leaves in low piles into the gutter and close to the curb. Please avoid covering storm sewer catch basins. To prevent causing a traffic obstruction, do not place the leaf piles too far out into the street.

On High and Pickard streets, where traffic prohibits leaves in the gutter, leaves may be piled on the rights-of-way between the curb and sidewalk.

In uncurbed areas, leaves should be raked into the streets along the street shoulders.

Yard waste bags should not be used. Leaf piles must not contain yard waste or brush.

Questions may be directed to the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.